The bearing found on a vessel’s drive shaft log that is made with brass and a rubber lining that is grooved from the inside and which is lubricated by the water around that enters the grooves on rotation is what is termed as cutlass bearing, this.
Regardless of the times when your boat is used, you must change the cutlass bearing in the long run. When the time is up for changing the cutlass bearing, you will locate it a little off the keel or underneath the woodwork of the boat.
Apart from getting your hands dirty, you will not face any challenges when removing the cutlass bearing. These are the steps to follow to replace your boat’s cutlass bearing, now.
Prior to doing anything else, you should first locate the set screws so that you can remove them. In most cases, the screws are found hidden under a thin marine layer of crud and growth. Don’t forget that other boat manufacturers do not use set screws. If you already know that your boat does not have set screws, then it is not good to waste time looking for them.
Of course you will have to cut the bearing. If you don’t have a Sawzall with you, then a hacksaw should help you to cut the cutlass bearing. You should know that you need to have ample experience to be able to use the Sawzall tool from Propeller Depot safely.
The next step of removing a cutlass bearing is by bending it. Using a cold chisel and a hammer it is possible to bend the cutlass bearing to the inner side so that you get to the place where you have made the cut. Do not use excessive force when hitting the cutlass bearing for it to bend. If you force it you will damage the strut of the boat.
To open the cutlass bearing up to the other end, do so by putting a maple dowel after creating a space by bending the boat’s cutlass using a hammer. Do not use metal tools to slit open the cutlass bearing up to its length. The interior of the strut may get damaged by so doing.
Lastly, you can now remove the cutlass bearing. Use a pair of pliers to hold the cutlass bearing to remove it. Now clean the surface of the strut and install a new cutlass bearing. After you remove the old cutlass bearing, cleaning the surface of the strut, and want to install a new cutlass bearing bought from Propeller Depot, make sure enter the acme props in a straight line.
If the ramrod strut is not straight and if it is forced it may get damaged. For it to go straight use grease on the washers of the cutlass bearing so that it can slide in the strut easily.